Earlier this week, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen confirmed that her department has asked federal prosecutors to see if they can arrest heads of sanctuary cities and hit them with criminal charges. Now, Oakland, California Mayor Libby Schaaf is defiantly firing back at Donald Trump’s administration, but it won’t end well for her.
CBS Local reported that Schaaf said on Wednesday that she would go to jail if needed in her opposition to ICE raids just hours after Oakland City Council voted unanimously to end any cooperation with agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
“It is no surprise that the bully in chief is continuing to try to intimidate our most vulnerable residents,” said Schaaf, referring to Trump. “We’re very clear that our values are to protect all of our residents regardless of where we come from. We want to protect families, not tear them apart.”
This came as rumors were swirling that ICE is planning raids of the Bay Area, where they will be arresting as many as 1,500 illegal aliens. The ICE is doing this because California has become a Sanctuary State and several communities have adopted Sanctuary City policies.
“We are exercising our legal right to be a Sanctuary City and to protect our residents,” Schaaf said of her opposition to ICE raids. “The fact that the federal government is suggesting that it is actively retaliating against jurisdictions that are exercising their right to have sanctuary policies — that is what is illegal.”
When asked if she would go to jail to defend her sanctuary city policies, Schaaf replied enthusiastically, saying, “Yes!” To that we say, “LOCK HER UP!”
Schaaf went on to make it clear that she really does place the wellbeing of illegal aliens ahead of the safety of American citizens.
“The level of fear and anxiety in this community is at unconscionable levels,” she said. “The important thing for people to know is that we have a 24/7 rapid response hotline which is partially funded by the city, the county and philanthropy. We are here to protect our residents.”
City Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan agreed with her.
“It is NOT acceptable for the Oakland administration to collude with ICE, as this Federal agency is targeting non-criminals, harassing people based on their national origin, and undermining our justice system,” Kaplan said. “The head of ICE under Trump has publicly stated that his intention is to strike fear into communities, and now he is targeting California and cities like Oakland.”
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h/t CBS Local